The best spot to watch the New Year’s Eve Sydney Fireworks 2021

Sydney New years eve bradfield park
The incredible vantage point of Bradfield Park

Another year affected by COVID-19 behind us, we are no doubt eager to celebrate coming out of lockdown! Great news, both the 9pm and midnight fireworks are back on in Sydney this year, with a number of vantage points available to book. Here’s everything you need to know about New Year’s Eve Sydney Fireworks.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks around Sydney:

Always ensure you have the latest information by checking what you can and can’t do under the rules, as listed on the NSW Health website.

One thing’s for sure, New Year’s Eve tickets are essential in 2021 if you plan on heading into the city to catch the fireworks. Here’s what else we know:

  • The 9pm fireworks are back (hooray!) with an 8-minute Welcome to Country display that has being curated by Sydney-based artist Blak Douglas.
  • There will be a 12-minute firework display from Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight.
  • The 9pm and midnight fireworks will be live streamed on this website and ABC iview. You can also listen to the exclusive soundtrack at 9pm and midnight on KIIS 1065.
  • There will be no fireworks at 9pm or midnight at Darling Harbour.
  • Sydney New Year’s Eve vantage points will be open this year. You may need to book a ticket to attend.
  • Hospitality venues will remain open but must adhere to the one person per two square metres rule.

Restrictions for Greater Sydney

  • If all members of the household who are aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated, there is no limit to the number of fully vaccinated visitors to your home.
  • If you are over the age of 16 years and are not fully vaccinated you cannot visit another person’s place of residence, except in limited circumstances. 

    Ticketed NYE Vantage Points in 2021



    Taronga Zoo, Mosman 

    Along with spectacular views of the Harbour, enjoy an experience of the wild kind, welcome in the New Year at Taronga, and make your new year’s resolution For the Wild! Bid farewell to 2021 and welcome in 2022 with them! Taronga Zoo is renowned as one of the most memorable foreshore venues for New Year’s Eve, offering a unique experience for couples and individuals and a fun, safe and stress-free atmosphere for families.

    All proceeds from ticket sales support Taronga’s Conservation work.

    • Address: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
    • Entry: From $110 per person
    • Opens: Silver from 6pm | Gold from 6.30pm | Diamond from 7pm
    • More information

    The Greens, North Sydney

    Looking for New Year’s Eve event the whole family can enjoy? The Greens at North Sydney has you covered with their family-friendly New Year’s Eve event. Hands down, the most family-friendly New Year’s Eve on the North Shore…you can forget the babysitter (and paying those hiked up New Year’s rates) and bring the kids along. Celebrate together and ring in 2022 with one of the best views of the Sydney Harbour Fireworks.

    Join them for a 9pm & 11pm laser show, kids entertainment, a face painter and so much more, and celebrate the end of 2021 in style.

    • Address: The Greens, 50 Ridge Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
    • Time: 6pm to 1am
    • Cost: Family (2 adults, 2 kids) $450 | Adult $ 220 | Additional Child $40. Book now

      Pirrama Park, Pyrmont

      Recommended as an accessible and family friendly site as it doesn’t get crowded. Great views of the western side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and harbour. Picnics welcome.

      • Address: Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
      • Entry: Free (option to make a donation to The Smith Family)
      • Opens: 7pm
      • More information

      Bicentennial Park, Glebe

      Stretching along Rozelle Bay, Bicentennial Park has plenty of grass areas and is suitable for families to enjoy the fireworks. Entry and exit to the park is available through Federal and Northcote or Chapman Rd. Entry is free, however booking is required.

        Barangaroo Reserve, Millers Point

        Barangaroo’s spectacular harbourside location is one of Sydney’s largest vantage points to welcome New Year’s Eve, with superb panoramic views of the western face of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The sloping lawns of the Reserve provide a safe place with ample room to spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy the spectacle that only Sydney can deliver! NYE21 at Barangaroo is a must-attend event for families, friends and couples wanting to experience a safe and memorable night enjoying a great view.

        You’re welcome to bring your own picnic and there will also be a selection of Sydney’s finest food trucks onsite with a wide range of delicious cuisines for you to enjoy. Bringing your own alcohol is not permitted, however there will be a bar offering a selection of wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. Live performances will keep you entertained pre fireworks. Tickets are limited and will be released in small groups in numerical order to allow for effective and fair management of the Barangaroo site in line with COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

        • Address: Hickson Road, Millers Point
        • Entry: Adults (18 years and over) $46.90 | Junior (4-17 years old) $20.90 | Under 3 Free. Book now.
        • Opens: 7pm

        Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens

        Celebrate the new year overlooking Sydney Harbour! Offering one of the closest locations to the dazzling fireworks, this is a night of fun for all to enjoy. This relaxed harbour front location is full of excitement with pop up bars offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, entertainment and a gourmet picnic hamper all included in your entry ticket. Get a large group of friends together or the family and enjoy a hassle-free new year’s eve in this outdoor beautiful space. Family-friendly, all-ages event. Bring together your family and friends and choose from five spectacular events, each offering a unique experience set on the shores of Sydney Harbour.

        • The Point
        • Bridgeview
        • Lawn with the View
        • Foundation & Friends Picnic
        • Harbour View Gold & Silver

        More information

        The Rocks

        There are six Vantage points in The Rocks where you can celebrate this New Year’s Eve.

        • Vantage Points are Campbell’s Cove, East Circular Quay, West Circular Quay, Dawes Point Park, Wharf 2. Tickets will be $25 ticket price (adult) and $10 (child/concession)​
        • An additional premium site will be at Hickson Rd Reserve. Tickets will be $50 (adult) and $25 (child/concession)

          More information

          Bradleys Head, Mosman 

          On the north side of the harbour, Bradleys Head in Mosman has three fantastic foreshore locations to choose from. The Amphitheatre and Mast Precinct offer live DJ entertainment, lighting displays and food trucks on-site, while Athol Lawn provides a simple, budget-friendly option and is perfect for families.

          The Amphitheatre

          Tickets: Adult $43.33, Child $22.43, Family $101.95
          Uninterrupted Harbour Bridge views. Food and drinks for sale, can BYO food/ drinks (no alcohol).

          Mast Precinct
          Tickets: Adult $28.04, Child $14.78, Family $61.17
          Harbour Bridge views. Food and drinks for sale, can BYO food/ drinks (no alcohol).

          Athol Lawn

          Tickets: Adult $19.88, Child $12.23, Family $50.98
          Views of harbour skyline, filtered Harbour Bridge views. BYO food/ drinks (no alcohol).

          Non-ticketed NYE Vantage Points

          More vantage points will be added as details are confirmed.

          North Shore

          Mary Booth Reserve, Kirribilli

          Mary Booth Reserve is a small elevated reserve with fantastic views of Harbour bridge and Opera House. Again, this is another very busy spot. There are toilets plus food and drinks for sale at this location. Ticket holders for Mary Booth Reserve can also access Bradfield Park. Access Mary Booth Reserve at the Bradfield Park entrance.

          Bradfield Park, Milsons Point

          You can’t get any closer to the New Years Eve fireworks on the North Shore than iconic Bradfield Park in Milsons Point. Nestled next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is a central vantage point, with a vibrant atmosphere and close to all the fireworks action. Bradfield Park is a picnic style, family-friendly event for New Years Eve. Pass-outs are permitted on the day. As well as the dining options around Kirribilli village, there will also be 11 food trucks serving a variety of cuisine (including vegan and vegetarian options) and coffee and gelato carts.

          Blues Point Reserve, North Sydney

          Blues Point Reserve features incredible views of the city and is a great spot to celebrate the New Year. This vantage point is a  ticketed event.

          There are toilets, as well as food and drink available for purchase. Public transport is highly recommended as there is no parking available.

          Carradah Park, Waverton

          Not yet confirmed for 2021

          A local park in Waverton with partial views of the Sydney fireworks. There are toilets available but no food or drinks on sale, so pack a picnic!

          Manns Point, Greenwich

          Not yet confirmed for 2021

          A family-friendly site with views over Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. Obstructed views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and fireworks.

                Cremorne Point Reserve, Cremorne Point

                Not yet confirmed for 2021

                Cremorne Point Reserve on the North Shore is a family-friendly spot with views of the eastern side of Sydney Harbour. It does become congested later in the day, so get there early to secure your spot. Offers some views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, some partial views due to trees. There are toilets, as well as food and drink available for purchase. Public transport is highly recommended as there is no parking available. Limited bus access after road closures, limited ferry service.

                          Balls Head Point Reserve, Waverton

                          Not yet confirmed for 2021

                          Balls Head Point Reserve has restricted views of the Harbour Bridge and has steep embankments. There are toilets available but no food or drink will be on sale.

                          Northern Beaches

                          Northern Beaches Council will proceed with fireworks for New Year’s Eve this year in line with the easing of restrictions outlined in the State Government’s NSW Roadmap. The fireworks are being planned in the traditional venues of Manly and Dee Why at 9pm, and Bayview, with the time to be confirmed. For the first time, a new 9pm event has been added for Lionel Watts Reserve in Belrose to support the crowd density restrictions and social distancing. While the NSW Roadmap indicated that these events will be able to proceed, they will be subject to the NSW Health Orders in place at 31 December. More information.

                          • Manly Beach
                          • Dee Why Beach
                          • Bayview
                          • Lionel Watts Reserve, Belrose

                          Sydney City

                                  Sydney Opera House

                                  A popular vantage point to watch the fireworks for up to 7000 people. No BYO alcohol. There is food and drinks available for sale. In 2018 capacity was reached at 1pm

                                            Cahill Expressway

                                            Cahill Expressway Sydney is set to be transformed into an epic seven-day New Year’s Eve party to mark the end of 2021. The plans, revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald, will temporarily requisition the road for NYE celebrations to help revitalise Sydney’s CBD and tourism sector. 

                                            NYE Vantage Points closed to the public 2021

                                            Clarkes Point Reserve, Woolwich

                                            Clarkes Point and the Woolwich Peninsula are traditionally popular vantage points for people looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Hunters Hill Council will be supporting NSW Police to manage public health and safety and minimise traffic: From 12pm on 31 December 2021 until 2am 1 January 2022, NSW Police will establish a checkpoint at the corner of Reiby Road and Church Street, Hunters Hill. Only people residing on the peninsula, east of the Church Street overpass and possessing proof of residency will be permitted to enter. 

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                                                      1. Heidi

                                                        Central Coast was great 🙂

                                                        2 January 2018 at 5:18 pm

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